To celebrate the 50th production since its inception in 1992, The Actors Company Theatre revives George Bernard Shaw's first play, Widowers' Houses, March 8-11 at the New York Historical Society. Simon Jones directs the concert performances.
In Widowers' Houses, begun in 1885 and first staged in 1892, a young doctor finds himself at odds with his future father-in-law — the older man exploited the poor to earn his huge fortune. With a few twists of fate and Shaw's wit, the appalled crusader begins to see the wisdom of his elder's ways. Shaw is best known for the classic comedies Pygmalion, Arms and the Man, Major Barbara and Mrs. Warren's Profession.
Featured in the cast are Greg McFadden, Gretchen Michelfeld, Gregory Salata, Scott Schafer, James Prendergast and Michael Frederic.
Tickets are $18, or $15 for New York Historical Society members. For more information call (212) 645-TACT or check out their website at www.TACTnyc.org.
TACT was founded in 1992 to present neglected or rarely produced plays of literary merit. The resident company includes Sean Arbuckle, Simon Billig, Ivar Brogger (Blood Brother), Nora Chester, Kevin Conway, Bradford Cover, John Cunningham (Titanic, Company), Maia Danziger, Cynthia Darlow (Grease, Rumors), Francesa Di Mauro, Delphi Harrington, Paul Hecht, David Edward Jones, Larry Keith (Titanic, Space), Jack Koenig, Philip Lehl (Titanic, Blood Brothers), Mark Lewis, Greg McFadden, Eve Michelson (A Dybbuk), James Murtaugh (Ah, Wilderness, Philadelphia, Here I Come), Nancy Opel (Triumph of Love), Gregory Salata (Bent, Equus), Jo-Ann Salata, Scott Schafer (Raggedy Ann), Joseph Siravo (Cabaret), David Staller, Tom Toner (Ragtime), Lynn Vogt and Lyn Wright (As Bees in Honey Drown). Director Scott Alan Evans, Cynthia Harris (Bad Habits, Company) and Simon Jones (Waiting in the Wings, Ring Round the Moon) are the company's co-artistic directors. The company's next production, the world premiere of Noel Coward's Long Island Sound, will be staged at the American Theatre of Actors (the pre Broadway home of Urinetown), 314 West 54th St., on May 10. Scott Alan Evans will direct.
— By Christine Ehren
and David Lefkowitz